A very dear friend of mine was killed one rainy evening when his car hydroplaned on wet pavement and hit a utility pole. His death was tragic and affected a lot of people. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one understands the grief and suffering another goes through as they try to adjust to their life without the person they lost. And if the person who passed was taken suddenly and unexpectedly, as with my friend, it can be especially devastating.
My friend's wife and children have really been struggling with the loss of their husband, father, provider, friend and confidant in so many ways, not only emotionally, but also financially. So to discover that they received a letter from LIPA charging them $16.000.00 to replace the utility pole that was damaged in this accident, seems not only thoughtless, but heartless. Does LIPA have no feelings for what this family is suffering? To even suggest that this should be "their" responsibility (or more appropriately put…"their burden") is appalling. I know compassion still exists in this world, but does it still exist with the people at LIPA?
- Laurel Sutton -